What are Phoenix Pianos?
Phoenix Pianos are the product of a British piano manufacturing company arising from cooperation between Steingraeber Klavierfabrik of Bayreuth and its appointed UK distributor/dealer, Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios of Sevenoaks.
Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios owns Phoenix Piano Systems Ltd, incorporated in 2010 to apply modern acoustic technology and other state-of-the-art science to piano design.
Commercially established developments include:
(a) Lightweight climate resistant carbon fibre, and Kevlar soundboards,
(b) Improved energy transfer from the strings to the soundboard by novel bridge design
(c) Application of 3D printing to piano action and other piano small part manufacture, and
(d) Ultra high power computer stress and acoustic analysis of a complete grand piano
Projects currently under study include:
(a) A high acoustic performance miniature upright piano
(b) A water-resistant keyboard able to operate normally in extreme climate conditions or after long periods of minimal use.
(c) “Carbiano”, a lightweight grand piano made almost entirely from carbon fibre.
(d) “The bridgeless piano” – an alternative configuration of piano strings and soundboard.
For the future there are concepts in place, but not yet investigated for:
(a) A piano that never needs tuning
(b) A foot pedal to vary hardness and elasticity of the hammers
This German/British cooperation enables “Phoenix” pianos to be manufactured in Great Britain using acoustic body design and supply from Bayreuth, and also for “Steingraeber- Phoenix” pianos to be manufactured in Germany using new technology parts designed and supplied from Sevenoaks.
Both brands are identified by the characteristic Phoenix logo with three dolphins in its tail, which is the centuries old family crest of Richard Dain, the CEO of Phoenix Piano Systems.
The Queen selected a Phoenix piano to entertain guests at her reception for Foreign Royalty and Heads of State for the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Phoenix Pianos exclusively equip London’s newest and most prestigious Fairfield Phoenix Hall
Opening soon, Phoenix Pianos have been chosen for the new Fairfield Phoenix Music Academy in Croydon.
A Phoenix piano was awarded premium 2008 “Bayerische Staatspreis” for all the arts.
Patented bridge technology creates up to twice the sustain length of a standard piano, and exceptional power across the entire register.
Exceptional keyboard and action feedback allows the average pianist the ability to play to an undreamt of standard.
Carbon Fibre soundboard and action are resistant to changes of humidity and temperature, even to extremes.
All pianos are finished to a client’s exact specification, from the choice of strings, down to the cabinet finish.
What a view 😍 A Blüthner-Phoenix Style VIII from above 🚁 @ Phoenix Pianos HQ https://t.co/SWs13C1n6G
Time to celebrate! 3 day bank holiday weekend! 🎉🥳 Have a good one everyone! 🎹 @ Fairfield Halls https://t.co/PqxjOe4dlO
The Phoenix bridge agraffe reduces down-bearing force on the pianos soundboard, allowing it to vibrate more freely. Not only does this give longer sustain, but a longer lifespan to the board. https://t.co/u45IeyYxa6
🎹 Happy Piano Day 2021! 🎹
We hope that soon we can all be back in concert halls like this one, enjoying beautiful music together. https://t.co/8V9DGLANbK
Just posted a photo @ Steingraeber & Söhne, Piano- und Flügelfabrik Kommanditgesellschaft https://t.co/c20hOpVCEY
A throwback to when @grosvenorpiano came to visit us and played our concert grand. We hope you can come back again soon Benjamin! @ Sevenoaks, Kent https://t.co/SoXgbZ9Fqc
We can’t wait to reopen our beautiful concert barn to you all. The pianos are here, ready to go! Stay safe and we’ll see you soon. 🌟 @ Phoenix Pianos HQ https://t.co/AJkBo5B3HG
✨Something magical coming soon from @okiemofficial ✨We’re delighted he chose Phoenix as a location! @ Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios https://t.co/oSuAKDJ0c0
The Phoenix Carbiano. The world’s first and only carbon fibre grand piano... in a field... what have you been up to @okiemofficial? 👀 watch this space... @ Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios https://t.co/xK1xXRKJvh
Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios, the home of Phoenix, are delighted to announce a new partnership with @feurich_vienna. The full Feurich range will soon be available to play at our Kent showrooms! https://t.co/9Bky5YLKdt
The Phoenix D3D Hammer Action. Can you spot the differences between our innovative action and a traditional one? 👀🤔 https://t.co/6QaJKn4yve
The world’s first and only carbon fibre grand piano, the Phoenix Carbiano. It weighs just one third of a traditional grand piano, with no cast iron frame. @ Phoenix Pianos HQ https://t.co/wkX8iOows6
The Phoenix Carbon Fibre Soundboard is humidity resistant with an unlimited lifespan. Come and try one at our showrooms in Kent or in many other locations around the world. @ Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios https://t.co/m5K7Z91Wfi
2018: @oliverpoole at @composersfestival playing a Phoenix Model 272. @ The De La Warr Pavilion https://t.co/JEQ31QEZ0I
It’s been too long @okiemofficial! We can’t wait to get back to helping you perform soon. @ London, United Kingdom https://t.co/ShNYKkgV1t
✨ Thinking of buying a new piano? Come down to Phoenix HQ near Sevenoaks in Kent to enjoy a few hours playing on our stunning collection of instruments. Our showrooms are open for socially distanced (but still very… https://t.co/WmABLkIFJY
The Chairman of Phoenix Pianos, Richard Dain, as well as being an enthusiastic pianist, has research experience and background in many branches of engineering, several of which impact directly on piano research in… https://t.co/ea6yF2BlFs
Bending a concert grand rim at steingraeberpianos - all our pianos begin life in this very room. @ Steingraeber & Söhne, Piano- und Flügelfabrik Kommanditgesellschaft https://t.co/spHpPWt3tg
“The piano was perfected over 100 years ago” At Phoenix, we couldn’t disagree more. We will continue to push the boundaries of piano technology and not be held back by sentimentality. This is why we are building the… https://t.co/oyE0eaDUfi
The Phoenix Model 130 Upright:
-With the tonal qualities of a much larger instrument and an action that allows the control usually associated with a grand piano, the 130 is a world-class upright like no other.
As so many of you asked so nicely we’ve made @OliverTompsett ‘s concert available to rent over the weekend! So don’t miss gems like this. https://t.co/wXDPf86fmO #GoodTimes #LiveTheatre #LiveMusic
There’s no such thing as a perfect location for a piano showro... 😦
📸 julescarrphotography @ Phoenix HQ https://t.co/Y1LdBn8NBt
One of our newest innovations, a Kevlar soundboard. A beautiful rich and warm tone, with the same humidity-resistant benefits as our carbon fibre boards. Also, probably useful as piano-shaped body armour 🛡 @ Phoenix… https://t.co/PXOM7RAB36